Board of Directors

The Friends Board of Directors has a strong commitment to serving the many constituents of our organization. But first and foremost, they focus their energies on those who take advantage of our programs and services.

Our Board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. Board Members work hard to promote long-term sustainability of the organization and its vision for the future.

Aletha Coleman, CPA – President
Tax Attorney and CPA (retired); Community Volunteer

Annette Bialson, JD – Co-Vice President
Bialson, Bergen and Schwab – Founder & COO
Former Chair of Palo Alto Planning & Transportation Commission; President of Planning & Community Development Dept. League of CA Cities

Jane Rytina, MBA, MA (Honors) – Co-Vice President
Marketing specialist; Palo Alto resident

Bern Beecham – Secretary
Community Volunteer; former Mayor of Palo Alto

Carolyn Amster, CPA, JD, LLM – Treasurer
Burr, Pilger, Mayer, Inc. – Tax Partner

Kelly Bavor
Education Consultant

Wendy Dransfield
Community Philanthropist

Steve Emslie
Goodyear Peterson Hayward & Assoc. – Regional Director;
City of Palo Alto Planning & Community Environment – former Director

Andrea Helft
bluGloss Co-Founder

Paul Hopkins  Co-Chair of JMZ Initiative
DuPont Fabros Technology – VP of Sales

Marshall Koch  Co-Chair of JMZ Initiative
MRK Asset Management, LLC – President

Steve Reller
R&M Properties – President

Matt Robinson
Technology/Media Executive and Investor

Chris Skarakis
Blip Co-Founder; Community Volunteer

Tim Stitt
Vance Brown Builders

Roxy Rapp – Emeritus